EAGLE PASS / PIEDRAS NEGRAS   




EAGLE PASS / PIEDRAS NEGRAS


The most direct route between Laredo and Eagle Pass, Texas heads west through a cluster of warehouses and thousands of parked transfer trucks: signs of recent construction on a major thoroughfare between Mexico and the U.S. created specifically for NAFTA trade.

Though clearly marked on a map, the road deteriorates from four lanes to a dirt road with potholes big enough to swallow a small car.

At its end we met Mayor Chad Foster, a quintessential cowboy gentleman and self-proclaimed border ambassador, fluent in Spanish. The walls of his office were lined with photographs of Mexican and American officials, with whom he's worked for decades.

When we drove together along the border between Eagle Pass and Piedras Negras, I told him about the way some Border Patrol officers had treated me when trying to make a photograph. Angered, he counseled, "If they give you a hard time, you just tell them to kiss my grits!"